Obama: âWe cannot waitâ on health care - White House- msnbc.com Obama: We cannot wait on health care President resumes reform push at speech to Congressional Black Caucus. FLASHBACK - October 2008 Economy tops Obama's list of '09 priorities - CNN.com updated 7:38 p.m. EDT, Fri October 31, 2008 Economy tops Obama's list of '09 priorities (CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama told CNN on Friday that turning around the economy and energy independence are his priorities for 2009 if he is elected president. In an interview with Wolf Blitzer in Des Moines, Iowa, Obama was asked to name his top priority from a list of issues, including taxes, health care, education, energy policy and immigration. "[The] top priority may not be any of those five. It may be continuing to stabilize the financial system. We don't know yet what's going to happen in January," he said. "None of this can be accomplished if we continue to see a potential meltdown in the banking system and financial system. So that's priority No. 1: making sure the plumbing works." Obama said priority No. 2 is energy independence: "We have to seize this moment, because it's not just an energy independence issue; it's also a national security issue, and it's a jobs issue. We can create 5 million new green energy jobs." Watch: Fixing the economy top priority, Obama says » Priority No. 3: Health care reform. Priority No. 4: "Making sure we have tax cuts for the middle class as part of a broader tax reform effort." Obama later expanded his discussion on how tax cuts relate to a bigger economic plan. "The tax cut that I talked about may be part of my priority No. 1, because I think that's going to be part of stabilizing the economy as a whole," he said. "I think we're going to need a second stimulus. Part of my commitment is to make sure that the stimulus includes a tax cut for 95 percent of working Americans. It may be the first bill I introduce." Watch Obama talk about the details of his tax plan » Priority No. 5: Reforming the education system. Separately, Obama was asked about his pledge to have a bipartisan administration, and whether it included room for his opponent. "Well, I will tell you what," Obama said. "I would certainly consider any position for John McCain where I thought he was going to be the best person for our country." He also blasted McCain for not catching Osama bin Laden. McCain has said in a presidential debate that he knows how to capture bin Laden but has failed to explain how he may accomplish that task. It's something that's not lost on Obama. "Clearly, Sen. McCain doesn't know how to capture bin Laden, because he was supportive of a huge strategic blunder when it came to accomplishing the task," he said. "I will focus on what [Defense Secretary Robert] Gates and others have indicated as our No. 1 security threat, and that is bin Laden and Al Qaeda." Economy tops Obama's list of '09 priorities - CNN.com (cont'd) Interesting stuff in retrospect. Really it is... BTW, Has Priority #1 been ticked off?